IMG_2199This is Mika.

Mika is in heat.

We aren’t having her spayed until her growth plates close. This could be 10 months from now when she’s 18 months old…but my husband and I are contemplating closing them down in about four months.  This would split the difference in protecting her from certain cancers and hip dysplasia. Waiting won’t guarantee that these conditions will stay away, but they put the odds in her favor.

We want the odds in her favor. She’s our second empty nest dog; our first having crossed the rainbow bridge almost two years ago. Empty Nest Canines are spoiled rotten, given too many privileges and get more boxes from Amazon than you do.

Empty Nest Canines are taken to dog school, doggie daycare, and dog parks. They sleep on your pillow in the middle of the afternoon and they groan when you roll over in the middle of the night.

Empty Nest Canines aren’t taken to a vet; they have appointments with doctors who are trained in integrative veterinary medicine and receive acupuncture, chiropractic massage and Chinese herbals. Empty Nest Canines hear a ton of baby-talk, have color-coordinated leash and collar sets and raincoats for the spring rainy season. They wear boots when it’s icy, sweaters in the fall, college sports wear during football season, and LeBron jerseys during basketball season.

Empty Nest Canines do fancier tricks than eating your kids’ leftovers and cleaning their cookie crumbs out of the carpet. They roll over, play dead and know their right paw from their left.  IN other words, Empty Nest Canines get all the attention you used to give your toddler and they wear their diapers too!

Well, they aren’t called diapers for canines; they’re Hygiene Pants. The difference, I suppose, is that little hole in the back for the tail.  I learned this just recently when my puppy went into heat.

Diapers…or Hygiene Pants…whatever you might call them, they still evoke the same sentiment: I can’t wait till this part is over!

Photo on 4-30-18 at 1.29 PM #2.jpg



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